Peter Lamphere is a Mathematics teacher at Pan American High School in Elmhurst, where he is Chapter Leader, and has been a delegate and chapter leader at a number of different schools in the Bronx and Queens.
At the Bronx High School of Science, he was part of a fight against supervisory abuse, leading to twenty of twenty-two math teachers filing a harassment grievance against their principal and assistant principal, and successfully overturning a unjust unsatisfactory rating in the courts.
He has been a consistent advocate against the new evaluations scheme, which will add to the capricious whim of supervisors the equally capricious results of standardized tests.
As part of the union’s Delegate Assembly since 2004, Peter has raised resolutions to support the Puerto Rican Teachers union and for racial justice in admissions policies for the specialized high schools.
He has served on the union’s negotiating committee for the 2007 and current (unsettled) contracts, where he has been a voice for
demands like lowering class size, and against relying on fact finding and instead in favor of membership mobilization.
“I am running with MORE because I have seen our working conditions worsen dramatically over the course of my career, while our union has limited its protest to lawsuits and lobbying. We need a different approach that relies on strengthening our chapters, mobilizing the membership around a contract fight and allying with parents communities in the fight against mayoral control. This approach has worked for the teachers of Chicago and a vote for MORE is a vote for that same social justice strategy in New York City.”